Keynote Speakers

  • GailBrager

    Gail Brager, PhD

    Gail Brager is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Department of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty in 1984. She is also the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center focused on improving the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings, and was the founding Chair of the USGBC Research Committee. As a mechanical engineer teaching in a school of architecture, Prof. Brager has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability. Her research activities focus on the design, operation, and assessment of buildings, with a specialty in promoting operable windows and natural ventilation in office buildings, and other methods that minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality. She teaches in the areas of energy and environmental management, sustainable design, natural cooling, mechanical systems and architectural space-making, and architectural research methods.


    Chris Paredis, PhD

    Chris Paredis is a Program Manager at the National Science Foundation, with primary responsibility for the Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program and the Systems Science (SYS) program. He is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and in the H.M. Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. In addition, he is a Woodruff Faculty Fellow and Director of the Model-Based System Engineering Center. His research focuses on Model-Based Systems Engineering, combining aspects of decision theory, information technology, simulation, and systems theory to support the design of complex mechatronic systems. In these areas, he has published more than 140 refereed book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. As Director of the Model-Based Systems Engineering Center, he leads a group of 11 faculty members towards the development of a next generation of systems engineering methods that are value-driven, model-based and human-centered.